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Sub-contractor Requirements

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by SatZ28, Nov 4, 2002.

  1. SatZ28

    SatZ28 Member
    Messages: 88

    Do to an un-expected summer off; I had some time to ponder my future. While I am now currently employed, I am looking at several business endeavors. My plan is to be my own boss by the summer of 04. One the areas I'm looking at is snow plowing. If I work as a sub, what are contractors looking for in sub's?


  2. NoStockBikes!!

    NoStockBikes!! Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    A truck and a pulse. :D

    I'm sure that the usual qualities anyone looks for in anyone for any kind of employment situation would be key:

    reliability (equipment will show up, as well as you), experience (that you actually know what you're doing) etc.

    They want someone who can do the job, and do it well.

    PINEISLAND1 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 664

    We require a general liability policy, commercial auto insurance, and a signed waiver of workers comp. We dont worry too much about experience, as long as you are as worried about your name and reputation as we are of ours, then we know the job will get done right. Speed is not an issue with us.

    And regardless of what the Democrats think, character does matter.
  4. ChicagoSnow

    ChicagoSnow Senior Member
    Messages: 231


    Care to share your waiver for workmans comp. insurance??

    Feel free to private message me to discuss further.


  5. Snoworks

    Snoworks Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    What are snowplowing contractors looking for.

    1.) Availability
    2.) Reliability
    3.) Competance
    4.) Quality maintained vehical

    SatZ28 - What type of plowing were you interested in commercial or residential? What type of truck and plow do you have?

  6. Snoworks

    Snoworks Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    ChicagoSnow - If you are not successful in obtaining a waiver for workmans comp., I beilive I have a copy of a waiver somewere!

    Also, I would like to talk to you about some buisness, if you would be so kind. EMail me Snoworksf1@aol.com

    Thanks CGB
  7. SatZ28

    SatZ28 Member
    Messages: 88

    Thanks for the replies!


    Since I'm in the process of putting costs together, I do not have a plow yet. I will be selecting equipment in the next couple of months. A number of years ago, I had a Bronco with a Meyers plow and had several accounts.

    I would be more interested in commercial over residential, although I live on the border of Barrington, S. Barrington, Barrington Hills etc. I could be wrong but I would believe there could be some good residential accounts with-in these areas.

    I purchased an 02 F250-SD in Sept of these year, so the truck requirements is a non-issue.

  8. Snoworks

    Snoworks Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    SatZ28 - If you ever get the bug to play in the snow this season give me a email.

    Good idea to plan out a year of two in advance. Its very difficult to turn profits in the start up years, using two vehicals or less. Especially, when thats all you are doing. I started my plowing company as a side job nine years ago. Used to be a construction project manager, so I had flexible hours. After 6 years plowing part time, I jumped in head first with 3 trucks, two snowblowers and a skid steer. Best thing I ever did.

    Good Luck in your future endeaver! CGB
  9. SatZ28

    SatZ28 Member
    Messages: 88


    Thanks for the words of wisdom. I appreicate the time you took to repsond. I'm putting together some what of a finiacial/business plan so that I know what I'm getting into as I prepare to go into business for myself! I'll keep you in mind. Thanks again.

  10. MLB

    MLB Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    That's why uncle Ronnie gave guns to terrorists and Georgie I smuggled cocaine to OUR citizens to finance an illegal war..
    Thank GOD they weren't just horny.

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    Try the airport. You might hook up with a company who needs gates and alleys cleared. Good luck!